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Rajasthan started scheme to provide milk to 62 lakh school students

The Rajasthan government has launched a scheme to provide milk thrice a week to 62 lakh students in government schools and madrassas. While students till Class 5 will get 150 ml, students in Class 6-8 will get 200 ml. This scheme was launched by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje during the launch of Annapurna Dudh Yojana, in Jaipur.

Former MP and Marwar Rajmata, Krishna Kumari passed away aged 92

Rajmata of the Marwar principality and former MP, Krishna Kumari passed away aged 92 in Jodhpur. Born in a royal family in Gujarat, she had married Jodhpur’s then-ruler Hanwant Singh in 1943. About Marwar: The Jodhpur city was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan. Jodha succeeded in conquering the surrounding territory and thus founded a state which came to be known as Marwar.

Bombay Stock Exchange to delist 222 companies from 4th July

Leading stock exchange BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange ) will delist as many as 222 companies from July 4, 2018 as trading in their shares has remained suspended for over six months. Earlier in May, the exchange had delisted over 200 companies. Six firms- Asian Electronics, Birla Power Solutions, Classic Diamonds (India) Ltd, Innoventive Industries, Paramount Printpackaging and SVOGL Oil Gas and Energy-that have been compulsorily delisted by the NSE, would also be delisted from the BSE from July 4.

Vikram Dogra become the first Indian Army officer to complete world’s toughest Ironman Triathlon

Ironman Triathlon comprises three consecutive events: a 3.8-km swim, 180-km cycling and 42.2-km marathon, to be completed within 17 hours. Major General Vikram Dogra completed the triathlon in 14 hours and 21 minutes to earn the ‘Ironman’ title. Ironman Austria was held in the scenic town of Klagenfurt and over 3000 athletes participated in the event.

Successful launch of SES 12 satellite will help fast track Digital India

The successful launch of SES-12, new mega satellite recently, would help support India’s growing direct-to-home (DTH) TV market, as more and more consumers in rural India embrace the medium. SES-12s high throughput capacity over South Asia and India will help to fast-track Digital India, and financial inclusion initiatives.

CCI provides approval for merging of Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers

Bharti Airtel-owned telecom tower company Bharti Infratel Limited got an approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to merge with Indus Towers Limited. As per the deal, Bharti Infratel will offer 1,565 shares for every one share of Indus Towers. Indus Towers Ltd is the largest tower company in India with around 27 per cent market share.

India to host 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology

India will host the “International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) 2018” in Navi Mumbai from October 23-27, 2018. The focal theme for this 19th edition of the prestigious congress is 25 Billion Meals a Day by 2025 with Healthy, Nutritious, Safe and Diverse Foods. IAS, Secretary to Govt. of India & CEO of FSSAI – Pawan Agarwal. Union Minister of Food Processing Industries – Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Numaligarh Refinery Ltd became 1st oil PSU to introduce online legal compliance

Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) in Assam has become the first oil public sector undertaking (PSU) to adopt an online legal compliance system by introducing ‘Legatrix’. The cloud-based compliance management system was inaugurated by NRL Managing Director S K Barua in Guwahati. This will contribute towards the “Digital India Mission”.

Himachal gets national award for best performance under PMSMA

For the performance under the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritav Abhiyan (PMSMA) in the country, Himachal Pradesh has been adjudged first among state. This award was conferred by Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda. Himachal Pradesh government had launched PMSMA in August, 2016, and established around 495 clinics in which ante-natal check-ups were conducted by the doctors. Under PMSMA pregnant women are supposed to get antenatal check up on 9th of every month by a doctor.

Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix

Verstappen (20-year-old Dutch driver) won Red Bull’s home Austrian Grand Prix Formula One to claim his first win of the season. Kimi Raikkonen was a close second, with teammate Vettel third.

Lloyd’s of London’s first female CEO to leave in 2019

Inga Beale, First female CEO of Lloyd’s of London, the 332-year-old insurance market, has decided to quit in 2019. She was appointed chief executive in January 2014.

Canada imposes retaliatory tariffs on US imports worth 12 billion dollar

The tariffs were imposed on items including coffee, ketchup and whisky as well as steel and aluminium products. This decision is taken after 25% and 10% respective tariffs on its steel and aluminium imports imposed by the US.

Artist Anjolie Ela Menon and Ramachandran conferred the Kalidas Award

Madhya Pradesh government honoured noted artist Anjolie Ela Menon (aged 78) with the National Kalidas Samman for visual arts. Artist A. Ramachandran was also conferred with the Kalidas Award.

Delhi launches Happiness Curriculum for govt schools

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and the Dalai Lama launched a ‘Happiness Curriculum’ for students studying in Class Nursery to Class 8 in government schools. The curriculum will include a 45-minute ‘Happiness’ class, which will include meditation, value education, and mental exercises.

Indian American Seema Nanda named CEO of Committee of United States

The Democratic National Committee (DNC), the decision-making body of the Democratic Party in the US, has appointed Indian American Seema Nanda to serve as its new CEO. Nanda is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the largest human and civil rights organisation in the US. She replaces interim CEO Mary Beth Cahill, who took the helm of the DNC in February.

Bhitarkanika National Park became largest habitat of Endangered Estuarine Crocodiles

Bhitarkanika National Park is located in Kendrapara district of Odisha in eastern India. 101 nesting sites of estuarine crocodiles were found this time by enumerators. Estuarine crocodiles are also found in West Bengals Sundarban areas having the country’s largest mangrove cover.

Vijay Srinivas appointed Director and GM of United India Insurance

City-based United India Insurance Company announced the appointment of K B Vijay Srinivas as its Director and General Manager with effect from July 1. Prior to taking up the new role, he was serving National Insurance Company Ltd as its Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager.

Instant ePAN based on Aadhaar launched

The Income Tax Department has launched an ‘instant’ Aadhaar-based PAN (Permanent Account Number) allotment service for individuals, who requires the unique identification number for the first time. The PAN obtained by this mechanism will have the same name, gender, date of birth, and address present in the individual’s Aadhaar. This facility is free of cost and instant allotment of e-PAN is available only for a limited period on first-come-first-serve basis for valid Aadhaar holders. PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number allotted by the Income Tax department to a person, firm or entity.

 

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